Gerald 'Jay' Paul Skelton

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Areas of expertise

Contemporary British Theatre, British Theatre History, Theatre Studies, Producing, Directing, Shakespeare, Acting

Courses taught

London Theatre: Context and Connection, Emerging Voices in British Theatre, Theatre Business in London 


Jay Paul Skelton has written, produced, or directed over 125 productions in London, Edinburgh, New York, Chicago and Boston. His most recent directing credits include Problems Don't Fly on Planes for Rose Bruford College, Little Man and His Wife at Canal Café, Mankind featuring the Epiphoni Consort at St Peters Vauxhall, and productions for the Camden Fringe, Edinburgh Festival Fringe and International Youth Arts Festival. He also served as Artistic Director of the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival (US) from 2005-2012. He has taught on a range of theory- and practice-based courses at RADA, Rose Bruford College, Kingston University and currently teaches at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and the University of Notre Dame in London. 

Skelton received his MFA from The Theatre School at DePaul University, and both his MA in Classical Theatre and practice-as-research PhD from Kingston University. His research focuses on creating a rehearsal and performance methodology specifically for classical text, integrating Stanislavsky’s improvisational practice called ‘Active Analysis’ with Viewpoints, a movement technique first articulated by dancer and choreographer Mary Overlie, then adapted by directors Anne Bogart and Tina Landau.


'Notes from the Rehearsal Room: Casting People of Color in Shakespeare' Article, Borrowers and Lenders: Volume IV:I, Fall/Winter 2009